You've likely seen the recent comments from Steve Hildebrand, deputy campaign manager for the Obama campaign, about the lack of progress on LGBT equality at the federal level.
"The problem is, Obama isn't listening enough," Hildebrand said, according to the report. "I love him, I love Michelle, I want him to succeed, but all of us need to put pressure on him and Congress to do the right things. The American people put confidence in the Democrats because they thought we could get things done, and if we fail, they're not going to give it back."
But, it's not just well known organizers and activists like Hildebrand who are expressing impatience with the pace of progress on LGBT rights. It's also people like Zack Rosen, co-founder of The New Gay, who wrote an open letter to the president.
When we elected you last November, you stood in Grant park and said you planned to help all Americans, "Gay and Straight." When I walked home down 18th street that night, holding my boyfriends hand, strangers kept looking at us and shouting that. "Gay AND straight." It was the most comfortable I've ever felt being gay on 18th St. You did that. More recently, the panhandlers in Gallery Place have been saying "Obama" to us when they see us kiss on the street corner. There's no judgment in it. They just acknowledge that we have as much a place here as they do. You did that.
But really, that's all you've done. If three little words in an inauguration speech can touch people so much, imagine what would happen if you passed a law? Allowed us to get married or serve in the army? Why, people would have to start treating us as equals.